Similarly, cyclamen look great bunched together as their colours are so dazzling and in other pots I have gone for more muted colour schemes, such as the Carex 'Everest' mixed with Skimmia
'white dwarf '.
Rubella, with its cherry wine buds and aromatic leaves, in containers to decorate doorsteps at Christmas.
are shade tolerant, we can all find a corner of the garden to suit them but they do need a healthy, moisture retentive soil and so an annual mulch in spring with leaf mould, bark or peat may be necessary if your garden soil is very free draining.
Plant it with Skimmia
japonica 'Rubella', a compact male variety with attractive red-margined, dark green leaves, which is ideal for pots and troughs.
are particularly useful because they will flourish happily in shade.
like to be in semi shade in well-drained acid soil which has been enriched with organic matter.
Recent severe frost has also reduced opportunities for planting, but attractive camellias, skimmias
and rhododendrons can be kept in a frost free place until milder weather arrives.
do well in alkaline soil but skimmia
japonica reevesiana is an exception.
GAULTHERIA PROCUMBENS Also known as wintergreen, these creeping shrubs are fantastic for winter containers, combining well with skimmias
, winter heathers and ivy.
thrive in acid soil so if you are planting them in a pot, use ericaceous compost.
YOU see lots of these evergreen berry-producing plants in garden centres at this time of year as they're perfect for perking up winter pots, combining well with winter heathers and skimmias
A ADRIENNE SAYS: Most skimmias
are either male or female.